The SCIP database; SVHCs in articles.

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The SCIP database; SVHCs in articles.

A new SCIP database is being compiled on the ECHA website. This concerns Substances of Concern In articles, as such or in complex objects (Products). This is an important new initiative and producers, importers and distributors of articles need to keep up-to-date.

As part of the implementation of the EU’s action plan for the circular economy adopted in 2015, the revised Waste Framework Directive entered into force in July 2018.  This gave ECHA the task to develop a database (SCIP) with information on articles containing substance of very high concern (SVHCs) on the candidate list.  This information will be available to waste operators and consumers and will have three main functions; it will allow safe use of these articles, it will encourage re-cycling as part of the Circular Economy and it will decrease the amount of waste containing hazardous substances by supporting substitution.

The SCIP database will be open from 05 January 2021 and the responsibility for compliance will be on the EU importer, EU producers and assemblers and EU distributors of articles and other actors who place articles on the market. From this date companies supplying articles containing Candidate List substances at a concentration greater than 0.1% w/w will have to submit enough information to allow safe use of an article.

The information suppliers of articles will need to provide is;

  • Identity and contact details of the company

  • Identification (main name assigned to the article as such or a complex object) (Brand, model type)

  • Registration number if possible

  • Tonnage range

  • Brief description of uses

Any further information offered on a voluntary basis will be welcomed.  Full details on the information requirements required by SCIP can be found on the ECHA website.

Countries outside the EU do not have a full understanding of REACH and technical guidance will be required all the way.  Neither will an external manufacturer of a substance readily offer information. Complying with this database will require the importer ensuring good dialogue in the entire supply chain to obtain the information required as SCIP demands more information than is presently required to fulfil Article 33 of REACH (Duty to communicate information on substances in articles).

ECHA will establish and maintain a database during 2020. ECHA have not given a timeline but the initial release of information should be in the first quarter of 2020. ECHA will make the information in the SCIP database available to waste operators and consumers. Recycling and waste management are extremely important parts of this system; the Circular Economy.

ECHA says that it will honour CBI where it feels it is justified.

If you require further information on complying with SCIP or any other REACH matters, please contact; or or


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